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Artist Unknown, Flake identified by Boucher de Perthes, France, ca. 500,000-30,000 Through Apr. 28 First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher Sculpture Center is the first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, with examples dating back more than 2 million years, some handaxes are equally fascinating for their non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St.

Through Apr. 29 Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) is one of artist Yayoi Kusama's signature Infinity Mirror Rooms. This installation is the first mirror pumpkin room created by Kusama since 1991, and the only Infinity Mirror Room of its kind in a North American collection. Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins focuses the reflective chamber on a series of acrylic yellow gourds covered in black polka dots, one of Kusama's frequently used symbols. Visitors will step inside the mirrored space and fully immerse themselves in Kusama's creation, becoming part of the art. The Dallas Museum of Art is at 1717 N. Harwood and is a short walk from St. Paul Station. It's also accessible by M-Line Trolley. Information:

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and acclaimed performers. Hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art, the series is noted for its creative, interdisciplinary programming - combining literature with visual arts, music and film. Coming up:
Apr. 30 David Sedaris has become "the rock star of writers" thanks to his incisive social critiques, sardonic wit and colorful way with a story. His numerous books have all been bestsellers; this is a chance for devoted fans to catch some of his new and unpublished material. Location: McFarlin Memorial Auditorium.
May 4 Marcia Gay Harden is one of America's most revered actresses, and her new book - The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers – takes on the subject of memories. The poetic and inspiring memoir is a beautifully rendered portrait of two lives - Marcia's and that of her mother, a proper Dallas lady now struggling with Alzheimer's. Harden will talk about the different seasons of her mother's life, as well as her own journey from precocious young girl to award-winning actress. Location: Horchow Auditorium, DMA
May 6 Naomi Shihab Nye draws on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of Texas, and her experiences traveling the world to create poetry that attests to our shared humanity. The author and editor of more than 30 volumes, Nye has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and two PBS specials. At this event, she will debut a new poem inspired by a work of art in the DMA's collection and juxtapose art in the collection with a live reading of her poetry. Location: Horchow Auditorium, DMA
The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St. Information:

Through May 6 The Journey to Space exhibition at the Perot Museum will take you as close to being in space as you can get without leaving Earth. It's an incredible and unforgettable hands-on, climb-aboard cosmic adventure of science fun and learning that you can't find anywhere else. You'll experience the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station, and find out first-hand just what it takes to be an astronaut working in the hostile environment of space. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 N. Field Street. Information:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Divan Japonais, 1893, color lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Leon A. Harris, Jr. 1954.139 Through May 27 Whether depicting Paris's broad avenues or dazzling nightlife, painters, printmakers, and photographers were drawn to capturing everyday life in the city in the second half of the 19th century. Paris at the Turn of the Century features works on paper from the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s, drawn exclusively from the DMA's collection, that celebrate the French capital's beauty and dynamism, as well as its seedier and less glamorous aspects. The artists featured in the exhibiiton are Eugène Béjot, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Hilaire Buhot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Félix Vallotton, and Jacques Villon. The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood and is a short walk from St. Paul Station. It's also accessible by M-Line Trolley. Information:

Through July 29 Laura Owens is the innovative painter's first major museum show in the United States since 2003. Challenging assumptions about avant-garde art and pop culture, as well as traditional painting and modern technology, Owens is a provocative artist, and this exhibition is the most comprehensive in her career to date. The DMA is at 1717 North Harwood St. Information:

Through July 31 The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker, the Dallas Arboretum's summer exhibit, features spectacular hand-crafted wind sculptures by the most recognized creator of kinetic art in the world. Whitaker hand produces copper wind sculptures that are placed throughout, and juxtaposed with, the gardens. Each piece responds to the changing currents of the wind, creating movement that is sure to mesmerize. The Dallas Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road. Information:

Sword ornament in the form of a lion, Asante peoples, Nsuta, Ghana, Africa, c. mid–20th century, cast gold and felt, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc. 2010.2.McD Through Aug. 12 The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana is a dazzling display of more than 250 gold items of regalia, silk kente cloth, ceremonial furniture and swords, and other gleaming objects of the Asante royals. Founded around 1701, the Asante Kingdom was a powerful force in West African history, and this exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art reveals its splendor and affinity for gold. The DMA is at 1717 North Harwood St. Information:

Through Oct. 1 First Ladies: Style of Influence at the George W. Bush Presidential Bush Center examines the role of the first lady - its development over time, and the ways first ladies have advanced diplomacy and social initiatives. Explore how acting as hostess, teammate and advocate has made real changes in our culture and politics. In addition to fascinating photos and historic documents, you'll see Eleanor Roosevelt's evening gown, Dolly Madison's snuff box and more. The Bush Center is 2943 SMU Blvd. Information:

Through Dec. 2 Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration. December of 2017 will witness the 400th birthday of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter's works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. This exhibition celebrates this painter by exhibiting the extraordinary holdings by Murillo at the Meadows together with paintings by his Sevillian contemporaries, thus resituating the artist within the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated. The exhibition is at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus. Information:

Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie, Journey of the Human Spirit – The Emergence (Panel 1), 2001, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Museum of Northern Arizona © Gene Balzer Through Dec. 2 Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit at the Dallas Museum of Art features a mural painting by Hopi artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie displayed for the first time outside of Arizona. The 48-foot-wide work was inspired by wall paintings preceding European contact, and it depicts the history of the Hopi people - from their mythic emergence, through the arrival of Europeans, to the rebirth of old traditions. The mural is complemented by ancient to contemporary objects from the DMA's collection. The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St., a short walk from St. Paul Station. Information:

May 4-5 The Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrates the power of the Force with special activities, performances, and treats. This two-day event will explore holograms, cloning, and life on other planets. There will be Star Wars-themed music, food, crafts, experiments, and more. The Perot Museum is at 2201 North Field St. in Dallas. Information:

Target First SaturdaysMay 5 Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, families have the opportunity to focus on a "Big Idea," through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. Discover and discuss each month's Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family. Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month's Big Idea, and complete the hunt for a special prize. Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month's Big Idea. Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library. Join in the fun with an exciting, NasherKids Live! performance for families and young children. Live artist demos let you see how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. Enjoy yoga with YogaSport among masterpieces of modern sculpture in the beautiful Nasher Garden. And when you're hungry, treat your little ones to kid-friendly NasherKids cuisine at Nasher Cafe.
May 5 Big Idea: Surface, Art Project: Surface Safari
The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St.

May 12-Aug. 19 A Tradition of Revolution explores artists' constant push to forge new paths over the last 150 years. As new ideas flourished in science and society, artists innovated in response – just as artists today continue to expand and question the boundaries of sculpture in a world that continues to evolve. This exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center ranges from the beginnings of Modernism to the radical experiments of today. It includes works never before seen at the Nasher, including several recent acquisitions. The sculpture center is at 2001 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information:

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science The Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers dynamic experiences to stimulate curiosity in visitors of all ages. With 180,000 square feet of space, standing 170 feet tall (equivalent to an average 14-story building) the revolutionary Perot Museum extends beyond the typical "museum" perception. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 N. Field Street. Information:

Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete is at Crow Collection of Asian Art. This permanent exhibition devoted to the art and culture of the Japanese samurai showcases one of the Crow Collection's most recent and spectacular acquisitions - a complete set of samurai armor, one of the finest examples of its kind anywhere in the world. The suit of armor was originally created for Abe Masayoshi (1700–1769), the daimyo (a powerful landholding ruler) of Bingo province from 1715 until his death. In addition to components crafted by the best metalsmiths of the day, the armor includes a hoshi kabuto, or traditional Japanese helmet, made by the renowned armorer Neo Masanobu. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. Information:

Trinity River Audubon CenterFree Third Thursday Discover the Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd. Admission to the center is free on the Third Thursday of every month. Enjoy activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the shady riverbend picnic site, overlooking the Trinity River. Information: 214-398-TRAC (8722) or

Dallas Arts District First and Third Saturday of every month The Arts District Architecture Tour. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Center for Architecture, this 90-minute Dallas Arts District architecture walking tour is led by a trained tour guide and will examine buildings from the 1890's to the present day. You will explore the architectural detail of the District as well as the institutions, individuals and visionaries who are a part of this fascinating story. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the ceremonial entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art (Flora and Harwood). The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is held rain or shine. More information:

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